Air travel to Hawaii was booming in the 1960s off the back of non-stop jet services from the US West Coast and the island chains new found statehood. Aloha's Fairchild F-27s had proven excellent but were now too small and the movement everywhere was towards service with jets. Aloha wanted jets too but as a small intra-state airline it had to traverse a few bumps before it could get them.
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